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New Fast Automatic Daffodils

Posted on Oct 19, 2017 in 90s, ALTERNATIVE, Indie

While grunge reigned in the early ’90s, New Fast Automatic Daffodils made its mark on the indie rock scene in Manchester, England. Bassist Justin Crawford, guitarist Dolan Hewison, and drummer Perry Saunders got together in 1988, and singer Andy Spearpoint joined soon after. Spearpoint’s obscure lyrics spoken over repetitive riffs and beats gave NFAD’s music a dream-like quality…

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BBC Radiophonic Workshop

Posted on Oct 16, 2017 in Ambient, Electronic, Experimental

For decades the BBC Radiophonic Workshop has produced the majority of incidental electronic music broadcast over British air waves, their adherence to cutting-edge technology pioneering countless creative innovations. The department was formed in 1956, when senior studio manager Desmond Briscoe and music studio manager Daphne Oram agreed upon the need “for something other than normal orchestral incidental music”…

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Warren Smith

Posted on Oct 13, 2017 in 50s, Country, Rock 'n' Roll, Rockabilly

More than a few early rockabilly rebels went on to careers as country singers, but few made the jump quite as gracefully as Warren Smith. Smith earned the ultimate rockabilly seal of approval, a contract with Sun Records, and he cut a number of memorable sides for the label, but in the early 1960s, he also enjoyed a brief but memorable run on the country charts after signing with Liberty Records…

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Nine Below Zero

Posted on Oct 10, 2017 in 80s, Blues Rock, Pub Rock

Nine Below Zero started life in South London during 1977, in the midst of the punk rock boom in England — but their sound and inspiration were so totally counterintuitive to what was going on in punk rock that they scarcely seemed to be part of that movement, apart from their extremely energetic attack on their instruments. Rather than noise for its own sake or auto-destruction, their inspiration lay in classic Chicago blues…

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Dead Boys

Posted on Oct 7, 2017 in 70s, ALTERNATIVE, Punk

The Dead Boys were one of the first punk bands to escalate the level of violence, nihilism, and pure ugliness of punk rock to extreme new levels. Although considered part of New York’s mid-’70s CBGB’s scene, all of its bandmembers originally hailed from Cleveland, OH. The group’s roots lay in the early-’70s Cleveland cult band Rocket from the Tombs…

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Duane Eddy

Posted on Oct 3, 2017 in 50s, Rock 'n' Roll, ROCK/POP

If Duane Eddy’s instrumental hits from the late ’50s can sound unduly basic and repetitive (especially when taken all at once), he was vastly influential. Perhaps the most successful instrumental rocker of his time, he may also have been the man most responsible (along with Chuck Berry) for popularizing the electric rock guitar. His distinctively low, twangy riffs could be heard on no less than 15 Top 40 hits between 1958 and 1963…

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Buffalo Springfield

Posted on Sep 28, 2017 in 60s, Folk Rock, Psychedelic, ROCK/POP

Apart from the Byrds, no other American band had as great an impact on folk-rock and country-rock — really, the entire Californian rock sound — than Buffalo Springfield. The group’s formation is the stuff of legend: driving on Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles, Stephen Stills and Richie Furay spotted a hearse that Stills was sure belonged to Neil Young, a Canadian he had crossed paths with earlier. Indeed it was, and with the addition of fellow hearse passenger and Canadian Bruce Palmer on bass and ex-Dillard Dewey Martin on drums…

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Sonny Rollins

Posted on Sep 25, 2017 in Bebop, JAZZ

Sonny Rollins will go down in history as not only the single most enduring tenor saxophonist of the bebop and hard bop era, but also as one of the greatest contemporary jazz saxophonists of them all. His fluid and harmonically innovative ideas, effortless manner, and easily identifiable and accessible sound have influenced generations of performers…

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Alexis Korner

Posted on Sep 19, 2017 in BLUES, Blues Rock, Rhythm & Blues

Without Alexis Korner, there still might have been a British blues scene in the early 1960s, but chances are that it would have been very different from the one that spawned the Rolling Stones, nurtured the early talents of Eric Clapton, and made it possible for figures such as John Mayall to reach an audience. Born of mixed Turkish/Greek/Austrian descent, Korner spent the first decade of his life in France, Switzerland, and North Africa, and arrived in London in May of 1940…

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Cyril Davies

Posted on Sep 19, 2017 in 60s, Rhythm & Blues

The Cyril Davies R&B All Stars were, after the Rolling Stones, the best British blues band of the early ’60s – and if they’d gotten to stay together a little longer under Davies, they might even have given Mick Jagger, Brian Jones, and company a real run for their money. This regrettably short-lived blues band was assembled by harpist/singer Cyril Davies (1932-1964) in 1963, following his exit from Blues Incorporated…

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